Clean Eating Turkey Chili Recipe (2024)

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posted by Crissy Pageon Oct 15, 2016 (updated Feb 21, 2024) 45 comments »

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I love healthy, clean eating recipes and I wanted to share one of my favorite quick clean eating meal ideas—this clean eating turkey chili recipe that you can make in your slow cooker!

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Clean Eating Turkey Chili Recipe

I love using ground turkey in my chili because it contains less fat than ground beef but still gives carnivores a satisfying meal option. That said, you can always skip the meat and add extra beans!

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I’ve tried so many different varieties of chili in my life. The thing I love about chili is how completely customizable it is. My clean eating turkey chili recipe is perfect for my family, but feel free to go wild and make it your own by adding or subtracting your favorite ingredients.

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Whether you subscribe to a clean eating lifestyle or you just appreciate a delicious bowl of chili, you’re going to love this recipe. It is absolutely yummy on its own, but if you wan to send it over the top while still keeping it clean, you can add some diced avocado to the top.

It’s a great way to add some creaminess and an extra blast of nutrition.

Speaking of nutrition, you’re also going to want to bookmark or pin my amazing easy vegan chili recipe. If you’ve ever thought about incorporating more plant-based meals into your weekly routine, it’s a great recipe to start with.

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Of course, certain members of my family won’t eat a bowl of chili unless it’s smothered in cheese and sour cream. That’s an option, too! :)

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I hope you love my scrumptious clean eating turkey chili recipe. Be sure to let me know how it turned out for you in the comments below.

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  • 2 lbs. 99% fat free ground turkey breast
  • 1 large yellow onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 6 oz. can tomato paste
  • 1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 2 15 oz. cans black beans, rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin


  1. Add olive oil, onion and garlic to a large skillet and saute 3 to 4 minutes until slightly tender. Add ground turkey and cook until done, crumbly and brown. It should not be necessary to drain.
  2. Add the meat mixture to the crockpot. Add the remaining ingredients starting with the water. Stir until blended.
  3. Cover and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours, or 6 to 8 hours on low.

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originally published on Oct 15, 2016 (last updated Feb 21, 2024)

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45 comments on “Clean Eating Turkey Chili Recipe”

  1. Amie Reply

    This is such a tasty chili recipe. It is my go to for a crock pot chili! I used this recipe with venison instead of turkey and it was delicious!

    Rating: 5

    • Crissy Page Reply

      Yay, I’m glad you love it! It’s funny, I was just telling my husband that if he hunted more often I could probably benefit from creating some venison recipes for my blog! :)

  2. Lila Reply

    Wondering about potasium per serving.

  3. Samantha C Reply

    Is this freezable?

  4. Kristin Reply

    Love this chili it something I can eat days in a row and not get tired of it.

  5. Courtney Reply

    Can I make this stovetop instead of crockpot?

  6. Stacee M Banko Reply

    I am tracking calories for a health condition. Can someone provide the serving size and calories per serving? Thanks!

    • Darlene Reply

      Yes I do all the time!

  7. Josee Soucy Reply

    Hello, just so you know this is my favorite recipe for chili, always. My question is, how many servings and calories per serving?

    Thank you in advance

    • Lauren Reply

      I made it with 1.75 lbs Turkey (package from Costco) minus the corn and with 6 servings my fitness pal came out to 413 calories 47g carbs 9.5g fat and 37g protein. This may vary slightly on ingredients used.

  8. Noelle Reply


    I would like to make this next week but we’re a family of 2 and my husband doesn’t eat chili. Can I cut this recipe in half? Do I need to adjust cooking times by much?


  9. Dana Reply

    Are there updated cooking instructions to make this recipe in the instant pot?

  10. Mary Regini Reply

    Saw this recipe today and made it for dinner tonight. YUMMY, YUMMY,YUMMY‼️?? I have to tell you I was a little hesitant to use cumin. Would not change a thing. The flavor of this chili was fabulous‼️ 5 stars for me?? Looking forward to trying more of your dishes?

    Rating: 5

  11. Crystal Reply

    I made this delicious chili for meal prep this week!!!! I can’t find the nutritional valies. Please advise.

    Rating: 5

  12. Kathy Harris Reply

    Love it!!! Delish??. What is serving size and calorie count?

  13. Joanie Reply

    should I reduce water amount if I plan to add beans after crockpot cooking and eliminate the corn all together?

  14. Nolan Reply

    I added 8 jalapenos. 2 habs turned out great!

    Rating: 4

  15. Tara Reply

    Made this and trust I am not a cook – easy and very tasty – added some hot sauce :) Thank you for sharing!

    Rating: 5

  16. Sharyce Reply

    I made this and we have 6 people in our family and there were left overs for all 6 of us again! It’s so yummy. I cooked on stovetop on medium for about an hour and used extra can of black beans.

    Rating: 5

  17. Whitney Reply

    Did we find or how many this serves? Can’t seem to find an answer.

    • Rosemary Smaglick Reply

      Same question. How many servings is this recipe?

    • Marc Reply

      How would this cook on the instant pot? How long?

      • Gigi

        Same as a slow cooker. Hit the slow cook feature and adjust time. You would sauté the meat first to brown and the veggies, etc.

  18. Sharyce Reply

    Can I cook this faster on the stovetop??

  19. jen Reply

    hi! instead of using tomato paste, can I used red sauce?

    • Crissy Reply

      Should be fine, maybe not as thick, but the flavor will be good. :)

  20. Melissa Reply

    I made this recipe, wow it was so amazing!! My whole family loved it!! Can you tell me the nutrition facts?

    Rating: 5

  21. Amanda Reply

    How many servings is this?

  22. Sandra Ramos Reply

    Made this for my husband and I and had enough to take some to a home bound neighbor. Big Hit!

    Rating: 4

  23. Scooby Reply

    Making this today Thank You!!

  24. Alex Reply

    Do u have to cook the turkey first or can u just throw it all in the crock pot?

    • Crissy Reply

      You need to cook it first, per the instructions! :)

  25. Gabby Reply

    Would it make a huge difference if I used canned corn instead of frozen corn?

    • Crissy Page Reply

      not at all!

  26. Rexanne Reply

    I would also like to know how many this serves…..?

  27. Rebecca Baron Reply

    This recipe looks really good because I love ground turkey. I forget about using it, but I always like it when I use it because it’s has a light flavor . I definitely need to try this recipe!

  28. Jana Reply

    I’m making this for meal prep for the week & for dinner. Can you tell me the serving size please? Thank you

  29. Jessica Reply

    I made this tonight and with some modifications, it was the best chili! I halved the recipe, except for the corn and the spices. I used an entire can of corn and doubled the spices. I cooked it on the stove top due to time and it was so, so good! Will make again.

  30. Jess Reply

    I made this for dinner and it was awesome. I only had a pound of turkey so I halved it and it still made about 3 servings. I added fresh cut avocado and it was delicious! Thanks!!

  31. Ashley Reply

    How many does this serve?

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  34. Jennifer Reply

    Hello, can you tell me how many servings this makes?

  35. Janelle Carlson Reply

    I made your chili on Saturday and it turned out great! It didn’t look quite as pretty as yours but it sure tasted fantastic.???? I’m usually not a big chili fan but my hubby is, so I thought he’d like it (and he did!) To my surprise I loved it – so much lighter than traditional!!????
    Thx for the awesome recipe!

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Clean Eating Turkey Chili Recipe (2024)


Is chili considered clean eating? ›

Chili can be healthy, with qualifiers. The iconic dish—typically made with ground meat, tomatoes, kidney beans, and seasonings—is packed with protein, fiber (thanks, beans!), and iron. This makes chili relatively healthy, provided you don't get too carried away with high-fat toppings like sour cream and cheddar cheese.

Is turkey chili healthier than beef chili? ›

Turkey chili is the perfect compromise on a cold day when you want a warm bowl of comfort food with fewer calories than beef chili.

What can I add to chili to make it healthier? ›

Stir in Some Beans

Instead, use beans in your healthy chili to add fiber and stretch your dish healthfully and inexpensively. You can use one type of beans, such as kidney beans or black beans, or mix several types for a variety.

How do you fix bland turkey chili? ›

But deepen that meat color just a little with the soy sauce and you are back in the land of Real Meaty Chili. The soy sauce also adds tons of rich, savory meaty flavor, a big benefit for a meat that can taste a little flat. Final tip: Add a bit of unsweetened cocoa powder, which deepens both the color and the flavor.

Which chili is the healthiest? ›

Best: Pacific Foods Plant-Based Fire Roasted Vegetable Chili

This is because the vegetarian ingredients pack loads of fiber and still meet our minimum protein recommendations. Although this option falls a little short at 8 grams of fiber per cup, eating a full can will fill you up with 15 grams and only 360 calories.

What is not considered clean eating? ›

Many clean-eating advocates aim to avoid all traces of added sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, preservatives, artificial colors and flavors, and other additives—a position that might be admirable but is too stringent for most people.

Can I eat ground turkey everyday? ›

The bottom line is yes—it is okay to include ground turkey in your diet regularly, though as with any food, it's crucial to eat it in moderation and variety in your food choices. Eating a diverse range of nutrient sources helps ensure you obtain all of the essential nutrients needed for enhancing overall health.

Is ground turkey considered a Processed Meat? ›

Processed meats are any meats that aren't fresh. People typically think of processed meat as only referring to pork and beef, but this category can also include poultry (chicken, turkey, duck) and fish.

What ground meat is the healthiest? ›

Ground beef and turkey are both nutritious meats that provide protein, fat, and a variety of vitamins and minerals. Turkey is generally lower in saturated fat than beef. As such, it may be a better choice for heart health. Fat-free turkey is also the lowest calorie option if you're interested in weight loss.

What not to put in chili? ›

Beans and non-vegetable fillers such as rice and pasta are not allowed." If that sounds a bit uptight, the ICS's Homestyle Chili competition defines chili as: "any kind of meat, or combination of meats, and/or vegetables cooked with beans, chili peppers, various spices, and other ingredients.

What is the secret to really good chili? ›

Only Add Flavorful Liquids

Instead of adding water to your chili, add some more flavor with chicken or beef broth, red wine vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, or even beet or wine. Each one of these options brings out different notes and levels of sweetness that will enhance your culinary creation.

What is the secret to amazing chili? ›

Here Are Our Six Secret Ingredients for the Best Chili
  • Canned Puréed Pumpkin. You already use this to make pumpkin-infused quick breads and waffles, but did you know you can add it to chili too? ...
  • Cocoa Powder. ...
  • Coffee. ...
  • Maple Syrup. ...
  • Pepperoncinis (Plus Liquid) ...
  • Root Beer.
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What is the most important spice in chili? ›

Most Common Chili Spices. Cumin, Chile Powders, and Paprika are the most common spices in chili followed by garlic, onion, coriander, Mexican oregano, and bay leaves. These ingredients can be combined to create a savory and well-balanced pot of top notch comfort food.

Should I cook onions before putting in chili? ›

Sautéing onions, garlic, and other veggies first coaxes maximum flavor out of them. So make sure your onions, for example, are soft and translucent before you add your liquid.

Should chili be thick or soupy? ›

Ideally, chili should simmer low and slow. This allows some of the liquid to evaporate and results in a thicker consistency and deeper, more complex flavor as the aromatics and spices release their superpowers.

What foods fall under clean eating? ›

Clean eating can be a concept that promotes health and wellness by encouraging the selection of minimally processed fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy proteins, and healthy fats.

What food category is chili? ›

Though many people think of chili as its own category, it is technically just a type of stew, with origins in Tex-Mex cuisine. Chili isn't a soup mostly because it usually is more solid than it is liquid, with most chili recipes containing majority meat and/or vegetables that are simmered in a tomato sauce.

Is chili high in carbohydrates? ›

Chili with beans and meat, homemade (1 cup) contains 23.5g total carbs, 16.3g net carbs, 9.1g fat, 18.2g protein, and 242 calories.

Is chili bad carbs? ›

Traditional chili recipes may contain beans and high-carb vegetables, which could exceed your daily carbohydrate limit. However, you can modify the recipe by using low-carb substitutes like ground beef, tomatoes, and spices to make it more keto-friendly.

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